Post Number: 1918
|Posted on Sunday, February 04, 2007 - 10:58 pm: || |
The Macomb Cultural Center kicks off a 4-month series of programs and exhibits under the title Legacy of Service and Courage: The World War II Generation on February 17.
Among the many offerings are some programs that relate to Michigan and Detroit history, including the Joe Louis-Max Schmeling fight, the Arsenal of Democracy: How Detroit Won WWII, the Detroit Tigers World Series Win in 1945, Selfridge Airfield, the gliders made by Ford and used to carry paratroopers into battle, and the Packard Proving Grounds and its role in WWII.
Looks like a wonderful tribute to our veterans and a real learning experience to be had!!
Most events are free; registration required. Check here for a list of events: http://www.macombculturalcente r.com/events.htm
Post Number: 1582
|Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 8:04 am: || |
I am hopeful to attend the program on March 17, when an expert will evaluate WWII memorabilia. I have an authentic Nazi banner,about 6 feet in length,red and white with the black swastika, which a veteran friend of mine took from a Munich flagpole at the end of the conflict and which is in perfect condition. I am curious as to its monetary value, although it is destined for the Yankee Air Force Museum.
Post Number: 2014
|Posted on Saturday, March 03, 2007 - 6:45 pm: || |
I attended today's program called From Ballpark to Battlefield…and Back, presented by baseball historian and author William M. Anderson. All about professional baseball and how WWII impacted the game and the teams, with an emphasis on the Detroit Tigers. Lots of photos! Very informative!
Afterwards we looked at the exhibit and found it to be very well put together, covering a broad spectrum of subjects relating to World War II.
If you have the time and the inclination to attend a program and see the exhibit, you won't be disappointed. If you know any WWII veterans, please share this with them. It will be time well spent!!
Post Number: 237
|Posted on Saturday, March 03, 2007 - 7:48 pm: || |
Thanks for the info Kathleen. Do you have any info on the The 2005 documentary "Detroit: Ruin of a City" that was to be shown sometime in Jan but postponed.
Post Number: 1064
|Posted on Saturday, March 03, 2007 - 9:58 pm: || |
Kathleen, I'll have to see that exhibit. There will be a touch of irony whilst seeing it, so many of the companies that contributed so much to defeating the Axis forces are either gone or in grave danger at the moment. WWII is becoming as distant to new generations as the Crimean war or the Civil war--we grew up being raised by veterans of WWII. They truly were a great generation.
Post Number: 2016
|Posted on Saturday, March 03, 2007 - 10:47 pm: || |
My contact at the museum told me last week that they are still working on rescheduling the "Detroit: Ruin of a City" program. I will post the info when a date is confirmed.
There is a section of the exhibit on The Arsenal of Democracy, the Big 3 contributions to the war effort, the Willow Run Bomber Plant, the Packard Proving Grounds. Succinct presentation, but very informative!!
(Message edited by Kathleen on March 03, 2007)
Post Number: 238
|Posted on Sunday, March 04, 2007 - 1:24 pm: || |
Thanks Kathleen, your one of the best sources of info on this site and its appreciated.
Post Number: 3143
|Posted on Sunday, March 04, 2007 - 3:05 pm: || |
Using this source:
I added addresses to come up with this list of war production industries in Detroit, including Hamtramck and Highland Park:
|Aeronautical Products Inc||18100 Ryan |
|Allied Chemical & Dye Corp||? |
|American Metal Products Co||5959 Lynsdale |
|American Radiator and Standard Sanitary Corp, American Blower Corp||8007 Jos Campau |
|Apex Broach Co Inc||2981 E Lafayette |
|Arrow Tool and Reamer Co||418 Livernois |
|Asam Mfg Co||2154 Scott? |
|Bower Roller Bearing Co||3040 Hart |
|Briggs Mfg Co||11631 Mack |
|Budd Wheel Co||12141 Charlevoix |
|Bundy Tubing Co||10951 Hern |
|Burroughs Adding Machine Co||6005 2nd |
|Cabot Carbon Co||? |
|Castoloy Corp||197 S Waterman |
|Champion Spark Plug Co||8525 Butler |
|Chicago Pneumatic Tool Co||6201 2nd |
|Chicago Pneumatic Tool Co||570 E Larned |
|Chrysler Kercheval Plant||12262 Kercheval |
|Chrysler Desoto Plant||9400 McGraw |
|Chrysler Jefferson Plant||12200 E Jefferson |
|Chrysler Plymouth Plant||6334 Lynch |
|Colman Frederick and Sons Inc||7250 Central |
|Colonial Broach Co||147 Jos Campau |
|Continental Die Casting Co||9615 Grinnell |
|Continental Motors Corp||12801 E Jefferson |
|Cross Gear and Machine Co||3250 Bellevue |
|Dalzen Tool and Mfg Co||511 Leib |
|Detroit Broach Co Inc||6000 Beniteau |
|Detroit Brass & Malleable Works||100 S Campbell |
|Detroit Cutboard Products Corp||? |
|Detroit Diesel Engine Div||13400 W Outer Drive |
|Detroit Gear - Aircraft Parts Div||? |
|Detroit Gear - Machine Div||606 Woodbridge |
|Detroit Gear - Machine Div||12345 Kercheval |
|Detroit Harvester Co||5440-5450 W Jefferson |
|Detroit Lubricator Co ||5900 Trumbull |
|Detroit Reamer and Tool Co||6527 Russell |
|Detroit Transmission Div||5140 Riopelle |
|Detroit Universal Duplicator Corp||253 St Aubin |
|Differential Wheel Corp||5124 Braden |
|Eaton Mfg Co - Spring Div||9771 French |
|Eclipse Counterbore Co||7410 St Aubin |
|Eureka Vacuum Cleaner Co||6060 Hamilton |
|Ex-cell-o Corp||5835 Martin |
|Federal Mogul Corp||11031 Shoemaker |
|Federal Screw Works||3401 Martin |
|Fisher Body Div||Various Locations |
|Ford Motor Co Lincoln Plant||6200 W Warren |
|Gemmer Mfg Co||6400 Mt Elliott |
|General Electric Co||? |
|Cadillac Motor Car Div||2860 Clark |
|Graf V L Co||9456 Grinnell |
|Graham Paige Motors Corp||8505 W Warren |
|Graham Paige Motors Corp||Fort & McKinstry |
|Greenfield Tab and Die Corp||2102 W Fort |
|Holley Carburetor Co||8279 Epworth |
|Huck Mfg Co||2480 Bellevue |
|Hudson Motor Car Co||12601 E Jefferson |
|Hudson Motor Car Co||10865 Devine |
|Hupp Motor Car Co||3641 E Milwaukee |
|Jacobs Aircraft Engine Co||1043 Spruce? |
|Kelsey-Hayes Wheel Co||3600 Military |
|Kelsey-Hayes Wheel Co||1936 W Kirby |
|Long Mfg Div||12501 Dequindre |
|Lyon Inc||151 S Waterman |
|McCord Corp||2587 E Grand Blvd |
|McLaren Screw Products Co||514 15th |
|Michigan Die Casting Co||11831 Charlevoix |
|Michigan Steel Casting Co||1986 Guoin |
|Michigan Steel Tube Products Co||9450 Buffalo |
|Michigan Tool Co||7171 E McNichols |
|Micromatic Hone Corp||1345 E Milwaukee |
|Midwest Tool and Mfg Co||2360 W Jefferson |
|Motor Products Corp||11801 Mack |
|Motor Tool Mfg Co||12281 Turner |
|Murchey Machine and Tool Co||951 Porter |
|Murray Corp of America||7700 Russell |
|Nash Kelvinator Corp||14250 Plymouth |
|National Tool Salvage Co||3816 Beaubien |
|National Twist Drill and Tool Co||6522 Brush |
|Packard Motor Car Co||1580 E Grand Blvd |
|Parker Wolverine Co||5230 Martin |
|Parker Wolverine Co||2177 E Milwaukee |
|Parker Wolverine Co||2531 Scotten |
|Plymouth Steel Co||6134 Epworth |
|Putnam Tool Co||2981 Charlevoix |
|Rafco Tool and Mfg Co||7350 Central |
|Redford Tool and Die Co||17170 Rockdale |
|Republic Aircraft Products Div||5914 Federal |
|Revere Copper & Brass Inc||5851 W Jefferson |
|Rotary Electric Steel Co||21400 Mound |
|S and S Tool and Mfg Co||3683 Willis? |
|Sal Way Steel Treating Co||620 W Elizabeth |
|Shatterproof Glass Co||4815 Cabot |
|Sherwood Brass Works||6331 E Jefferson |
|Sperry Corp, Vickers Inc||1400 Oakman |
|Steel Materials Corp||17260 Gable |
|Ternstedt Mfg Div||6307 W Fort |
|Timbeam Inc||? |
|Timken Detroit Axle Co||100 Clark |
|Tompkins Printing Equipment Co||545 W Larned |
|Tungsten Carbide Tool Co||7171 E McNichols |
|U S Broach Co||6463 E 7 Mile |
|U S Rubber Co||6600 E Jefferson |
|United Drill and Tool Corp – Whitman & Barnes?||2108 W Fort |
|Vinco Corp||8855 Schaefer |
|Vinco Corp||9111 Schaefer |
|Welch Industries Inc||19400 W Eight Mile |
|Wolverine Tube Co||1425 Central |
|Woodall Industries Inc||7565 E McNichols |
|Young L A Spring & Wire Corp||9200 Russell |
|Palmer-Bee Co||1701 Poland (H) |
|Standard Tube Co||14600 Woodward (HP) |
|Chrysler Dodge Bros Main Plant||7900 Jos Campau (H) |
|Detroit Tap and Tool Co||8432 Butler (HP) |
|Gear Grinding Machine Co||3901 Christopher (H) |
|Ex-cell-o Corp||1200 Oakman (HP) |
|Ford Motor Co||Woodward (HP) |
|Chrysler Highland Park Plant||841 Massachusetts (HP) |
|Fargo Motor Corp||7900 Jos Campau (H) |
I make no guarantees about the accuracy of the list. There were many typos in the original source, and the addresses I used were from the year 1940 - several companies may have built new plants in other locations strictly for the war production contract.
Post Number: 2448
|Posted on Sunday, March 04, 2007 - 3:57 pm: || |
I had a chance to check it out yesterday.
Aside from the putz who was arguing with the speaker yesterday about the minutia of the Tigers lineup in WWII, I found the speaker interesting, even though I'm not much of a sports fan (I brought some friends in tow yesterday, and that was the first thing that they wanted to see). The people at Macomb could've made the lecture a bit more bearable though by turning the heat up to at least 60.
I was actually impressed with the amount of material that they had on display, to say nothing about the fact that they will be having rotating exhibits throughout May.
I'll definitely be stopping back to see the Patton re-enactor and the flyover.
Post Number: 2024
|Posted on Sunday, March 04, 2007 - 8:13 pm: || |
Agreed, Mcp001. The topic of WWII and how it affected major league baseball in general, with a focus on the Detroit Tigers, I thought was most interesting!! With all the local tie-ins, there is some Detroit history to be learned, as well as general WWII history.
True, it was too cold in the room!! And that one guy who argued with Dr. Anderson...he wasn't even right!!
I will be promoting this exhibit and the programs to all my friends and family!! This truly is something not to be missed.
(Message edited by Kathleen on March 04, 2007)